The arrival of Cécile Verdier at Christie’s marks the beginning of a new era for the auction house, François Pinault. Its links with the businessman breton, “a real enthusiast who has the art in the blood”, she said, full of admiration, are the best. He would have welcomed, avenue Matignon, by asking: “What can I do for you?” when she took her post, 22 July, to replace, to the head of Christie’s France, François de Ricqlès, whose name will remain associated with the historic sale of the collection of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent in 2009, at the Grand Palais.

The challenges are not afraid of this elegant wife of 52 years, smiling, enthusiastic, creative, who knows exactly where is its place. This excellent manager, ambitious without having the big head, want to give a boost to this house working hand in hand with the teams and arguing the talents of each. “They have the future in front of them, they want, they …

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